LaLDwood 2021: From Sindelfingen East to Yuendumu
W123s and boiling diesels steam in 45 degrees.
Welcome to the second day of LaLDwood 2021. Today, we celebrate the finest sedans and wagons from the Radwood era. What better way to celebrate than with the toughest sedan to ever roll off the production line anywhere? The Mercedes-Benz W123, the first official E-Class, is to this day the very car that comes to mind for most people when you utter the name "Mercedes-Benz".
Introduced in 1976 with a design penned by Bruno Sacco, the W123 quickly became a hit worldwide. By the end of its production run in 1986, 2,696,915 models in all body styles were produced in various factories. 35 years later, you'll still find thousands upon thousands of the damn things on every road in just about every country. This is the only car I would trust to drive somewhere like the Outback or the Sahara and trust that I'll make it across without a problem. As I've stated previously, it's one of my favorite cars of all time. I want to buy one some day and enjoy it just like millions before me already have. This particular one is an Astral Silver 1982 230E with the M102 with 134 hp. This rocket hits 60 in 10.8 seconds onto a top speed of 112 mph.
The W123 with its big brother, the V126 560 SEL.
This 230TE is from my 2020 review "A German Wagon Lives and Breathes in 45 Degrees"